During the presidency of Barack Obama, Americans could trust that during any tragedy, he would offer comfort and express his deep sympathy for those affected and suffering. Donald Trump, on the other hand, can always be counted on to say the worst things and show no sympathy for anyone unless the perceived victim is himself or his friends who suffer from the tragedy of “unfairness.”
On Thursday, Trump headed to Houston and Dallas, Texas, where he plans to meet with survivors and the families of the children murdered at Santa Fe High School during a school shooting. While comments to reporters about the trip should have needed no preprepared script, it appears that someone should have told him what would have been appropriate statements to make.
‘The economy is good, stock market is up, a lot of jobs, best unemployment we’ve had in many, many decades actually. And we’re going to Dallas and Houston and we will have a little fun today.’
Before Trump can start screaming “FAKE NEWS!” in all-caps on Twitter, here’s a video of Trump actually saying those words before boarding the plane to Texas (not that videos of him saying what is reported that he said keeps him from yelling that the reports are fake).
"We are going to Dallas, we are going to Houston. We are going to have a little fun today. Thank you very much," President Trump says as he head to Texas to meet with the families of Santa Fe school shooting victims https://t.co/LJJOcM4YsX pic.twitter.com/2sDFcgdoCX
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 31, 2018
Trump’s ability to say and do the right thing is apparently limited, as well as his ability to keep promises. As Think Progress reported:
‘Trump has also abandoned promises he made to the victims and survivors of the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead. Despite promising to crack down on gun violence by implementing stricter gun control measures, such as banning the sale of ban bump stocks and raising the age limit for purchases of assault-style rifles to 21, the president later caved to pressure from the NRA, which opposes those measures, following a series of meetings with top NRA brass.’
No matter what the subject discussed with Trump may be, he can always be counted on to turn the conversation into one about himself and his perceived accomplishments. Saying a trip to visit the survivors and mourning families of dead children, however, is truly an all-new low.
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